Giannis Antetokounmpo to fund basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks’ forward will fund an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. Vangelis Bournous, mayor of the Rafina area where the fire destroyed more than a thousand homes, said Monday the local authority received the offer from Antetokounmpo to build the court at a recycling park planned in the area. Antetokounmpo, the son of Nigerian immigrants, was born and grew up in Athens. He maintains close ties with Greece and has taken part in campaigns to promote tourism and recycling.

Tim Mead

The longtime Los Angeles Angels media-relations director will replace Jeff Idelson as president of baseball’s Hall of Fame on June 24, about a month ahead of schedule. Idelson, the Hall’s president since 2008, announced Feb. 4 that he planned to retire following this year’s Hall inductions July 21. On April 30, the Hall said that Mead will succeed him but announced the accelerated transition Monday. Mead, 61, has spent 40 years in baseball, all with the Angels. He has been the team’s vice president of communications for the past 22 years.

Associated Press

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